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Marge’s Camp 2014 Recap – A Great Adventure

By Jake Herringshaw, Athletics Coordinator and Kelli Beaulieu, Athletic Director

2014 Marge's Camp Marge’s Camp, the Club’s traditional stay-over in the great outdoors summer camp concluded at the end of July with rave reviews from campers. More than 300 Boys & Girls Club members participated in the 9th annual Marge’s Camp experience. The two week adventure was broken down into three sessions including a girl’s week, boy’s week, and a week for the Reno Ballers Program. Each week members were prepped and loaded on buses at the DWR facility and transported to camp. Once members arrived they were split up into seven different camp sites with Boys & Girls Club staff members serving as senior counselors and Leaders In Training members as junior counselors. Shortly after the campers are settled in the real adventure begins . . .

On the first day of camp all campers and counselors head out to the swimming pool for their swim tests. Those who did not pass are given swimming lessons throughout the week in hopes of passing the test before they depart Marge’s Camp. This year more than 260 youth were able to pass the swim test by the end of camp. Throughout the next three days campers participated in a series of rotations that included Packer Lake, the swimming pool, S.M.A.R.T. (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves, outdoor education, sports, fitness and arts and crafts. This year Packer Lake gave kids the opportunity to not only swim and canoe, but to learn how to paddle board. Campers also got an opportunity to learn about the woods in the new outdoor education program. Campers learned how to make and read sun dials, learned about nursing logs, and the differences in soil erosion.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding The enrichment activities did not end there. In the revamped S.M.A.R.T. Moves program lessons, campers were introduced to impactful lessons covering fitness, healthy eating, and bullying vs. respect. Upon completion of Smart Moves campers got a chance to get creative with arts and crafts. This year featured some new projects including the making of survival bracelets, bird houses, and sand art, while also keeping the tradition of creating their own tie-dye T-shirt. Each day campers had the opportunity to play volleyball, basketball, corn-hole, and disk golf. We wrapped each week up on the final day with a six-mile hike to Deer Lake. After reaching this beautiful lake, campers ate lunch and swam in the crystal clear water to cool down before the journey back down the mountain.

The simplicity of a campfire, a hike, and a lake ties this amazing adventure together for the members of the Boys & Girls Club. During the last night each group of campers are encouraged to stand before their peers and express what camp means to them and explain their experience. The overwhelming message from all of the campers is one of great appreciation for the opportunity to experience this overnight camp. Marge’s Camp is magical, and brings perspective to youth on what is truly important in life . . . supportive relationships, friendship, and growth for oneself.

Volunteers needed for Boys & Girls Nite Out

PrintThe National Boys & Girls Club Week is coming! During National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 24 – 28, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will join thousands of other Clubs across the nation to show how ‘Great Futures’ begin at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Boys & Girls Nite Out, Wednesday, March 26, is an opportunity for volunteers to come into the Club and spend some quality time with Club members. Volunteers and members are matched and join in on a fun-filled evening with carnival games, snacks, activities, and awesome circus acts from Circus Circus Reno.

This is a great opportunity for corporate and community groups looking for a fun way to give back to the community. Volunteering can be an enjoyable way to engage coworkers and employees in team building as well as bonding outside of the workplace. If you, or anyone you know would like to be a part of this fun evening, please contact Anne Studebaker, Volunteer Coordinator at (775) 360-2449 or email.

For more information visit Boys & Girls Club Week.

Winter Break Program offered at the Club

Winter Break Program The Washoe County School District Winter break is December 23, 2013 through January 10, 2014. The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows hosts a Winter Break full-day youth program at the Donald W. Reynolds, Neil Road and Lemmon Valley Club sites. Activities include indoor and outdoor games, sports, art and field trips (additional field trip fees apply) to Bowling, Pump it Up, Roller Kingdom, swimming at Alf Sorenson and more. Cost for Winter Break Week #1 and #2 is $32 and Week #3 is $40. Participants must be a Boys & Girls Club member prior to the start of Winter Break Camp Week including completion of membership orientation. For more details please contact the membership office at (775) 331-5437 (KIDS) ext. 100.

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows in Fernley is also running a Winter Break Program. Additionally, the Donald W. Reynolds, Larry D. Johnson and Sun Valley Teen Centers are open during Winter Break.

Click here for Winter Break Program registration

Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows Invites Community to 12th Annual Day For Kids Sept. 21

FREE family event, Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Sparks Marina

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows hosts its annual Day For Kids event at the Sparks Marina featuring a free barbecue lunch, free T-shirts, games, arts & crafts, face painting, Soil Tech sand-castle-building and informational vendor booths for both parents and children. The event, held in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation, is designed to encourage adults to spend meaningful time with kids by spending a day together and to provide families with the resources needed to live a quality, healthy lifestyle.

The family event presented by Cashman Equipment runs from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and features vendors such as Renown Children’s Hospital, Amerigroup, Washoe County District Attorney, Immunize Nevada, Small Smiles, KNPB, Nevada Virtual Academy, Soil-Tech, Office of Suicide Prevention, Washoe County Health District, Washoe County Social Services, Sparks Kiwanis, Discovery Museum, First Tee of Northern Nevada, Washoe County School District Parent University, Washoe County Child ID Program and many more.

Additionally, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows hosts a Day For Kids event in Fernley, Sept. 14 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Fernley In-Town Park.

Research shows that when adults spend meaningful time with kids it helps them develop a positive self-image and a sense of belonging, usefulness and purpose. Now, more than ever, Boys & Girls Club Day For Kids provides adults and kids an opportunity to take a break from their busy lives and celebrate the wonder of life and the fulfillment of spending time together.

For more information about Day For Kids or the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows please call (775) 331-KIDS (5437) or visit DAY FOR KIDS.